Our Top 4 Best Sellers – Have You Tried Them Yet?

Our Top 4 Best Sellers – Have You Tried Them Yet?

One of the best things about beading is the sheer variety of materials you can use. There are hundreds of different beads in our collection alone, and each of them has something special to bring to the right project.

However, some beads and findings are noticeably more popular than others. What is it about these that makes them so attractive to so many crafters? Today, we’ll take a look at our top 4 best-selling products and the many possible applications for each of them.

1. Gold Filled Plain Round Beads

Gold-filled round plain beads are some of the most versatile beads we have in our collection. These small, shiny beads make great base materials for jewelry projects, giving the piece a luxurious and attractive look without upstaging more dramatic elements like pendants and gemstone beads.

Our line of gold-filled round beads is available in sizes ranging from 2mm all the way up to 12mm. You can get most sizes in either the bold classic gold or softer rose gold. Our 3mm Gold Filled Plain Round Bead is our most popular option and is just the right size for slim necklaces, bracelets, or even earrings.

2. Gold Filled Clasps

No jewelry project is complete without a clasp. Our gold-filled clasps are enduring best-sellers and come in a variety of different styles, including fish hook, lobster claw, filigree, and trigger clasps. Some are even made to hold up to 7 strands together, allowing you to create intricate pieces with ease.

Our most popular gold-filled clasp is our 6mm Gold Filled Spring Rings Lock, a simple clasp that opens and closes using a spring-loaded internal mechanism. Small, secure, and easy to use, it’s an excellent option for almost any piece of jewelry and won’t leave you worrying about whether it might come loose.

3. Sterling Silver Plain Round Beads

Gold not quite your style? Our sterling silver plain round beads are similar to our gold-filled round beads in terms of utility, but their pale shine completely changes the look of the pieces they’re used to create. They’re great for creating elegant jewelry using a cooler color palette than you would typically see from gold pieces.

These beads range between 2mm and 19mm in size, so you’ll have no trouble finding the right size to bring your creative vision to life. Our 4mm Sterling Silver Plain Round Bead is the most popular of this bunch and strikes the perfect balance between showiness and easy wearability.

4. Gold Filled Curved Tubes

Rounding out our top 4 categories is our set of gold-filled curved tube beads. These beads are much longer than your typical bead and look like a slimmer version of a macaroni noodle. They may be made up of one single curve or multiple curves that work together to create a twisting shape. These curves also vary in severity: some are hardly bent at all while others are nearly semi-circular. When many of these beads are strung together, they create a longer curved shape that looks like it’s made of a single piece of metal.

Our gold-filled curved tube beads are available in sizes up to 72mm long and come in many different textures, including smooth, fluted, and twisted. Our best seller is the 5x37mm Gold Filled Curved Tube, a beautifully simple medium-sized bead that almost perfectly replicates the look and feel of a thicker gold wire. They’re great for making bracelets, chokers, and other pieces that look best when resting directly against the skin.

Give These Great Beads a Go

Any avid beader who has never worked with any of these beads is missing out on a whole new range of crafting possibilities. Why not get some for your next project? You can pick up any of these beads and more with just a few clicks at our online bead supply wholesale store. Grab a few and see what new trinkets and treasures you can make with these quality supplies.

10 Unique Gold-Filled Beads to Use in Your Holiday Gifts – Part 2

10 Unique Gold-Filled Beads to Use in Your Holiday Gifts – Part 2

In our last post on gold-filled beads, we promised to cover even more types of beads in our next post. We’re back, and this time we’ll be covering the fancier gold beads that you can use to take your holiday gift projects to the next level. Ready to dive even deeper into the world of gold-filled beads? Let’s get started.

6. Gold Filled Fancy Round Beads

Gold-filled fancy round beads, with added facets, stripes, and textures, surpass the beauty of plain gold-filled round beads. These distinctive spheres offer a captivating allure, each type being unique with numerous options available. Ideal for crafting impactful jewelry, these beads demand attention and can serve as accent pieces alongside more elaborate elements like pendants or charms. Additionally, they make excellent base materials for various beading projects and can subtly enhance designs when paired with simple plain gold-filled beads.

7. Gold-Filled Charms

Gold-filled charms are technically not beads, but they are an integral part of many beading projects all the same. These small bits of shiny golden metal come in the shape of suns, cats, dolphins, seashells, and much more. If you can imagine it, there’s probably a charm version of it available!

Gold-filled charms are a classic way to add some sophisticated playfulness to jewelry or sewing projects. Many crafters purchase many different charms to create charm bracelets that match the recipient’s tastes and interests. They can also be added to necklaces, earrings, bookmarks, keyrings, zipper pulls, Christmas stockings, and much more.

8. Gold Filled Drop Beads

Gold-filled drop beads are long slender gold beads with a hole in the tapered end. They come in a range of different shapes and sizes, with most being roughly teardrop-shaped. They may be smooth and shiny or accentuated with textural elements like patterns and grooves for decoration.

Gold-filled drop beads are often used to create a pendant effect on smaller items like beaded earrings. They can also be used as embellishments on embroidery projects or to create a fringe-like effect on necklaces and bracelets. Their unusual shape really makes them stand out!

9. Gold-Filled Cap Beads

Cap beads are special shaped beads that can be used to add some extra flair to one or both sides of a special bead, charm, or stone on a piece of jewelry. They typically work best when applied to round items, but some are shaped to accommodate long beads and stones as well.

Cap beads can be used to great effect in almost any piece, but they should be used sparingly. Try adding them to the pendant bead on the end of some beaded earrings or to the accent beads on a bracelet. You’ll be amazed at how much such a simple addition can make those focal elements pop.

10. Gold Filled Stardust Beads

Gold-filled stardust beads are beads with a fine pebbled texture applied to their surface. They offer a more delicate and luxurious appearance compared to your typical twisted or corrugated texture and are perfect for adding a little sparkle to your holiday projects.

Because stardust beads come in all shapes and sizes, they can be used for almost any purpose you can think of. They work especially well when placed alongside plainer beads that don’t draw as much attention to themselves. These simple companion beads give stardust beads the room they need to shine.

Buy Bulk Gold Filled Beads Online at Crystal Findings

There really is a gold filled bead for every purpose, and no matter which kind you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it at our bead supply store. Take the time to browse our extensive catalog and find the right beads to make some truly special Christmas gifts. Not only will they look great, but your loved ones will cherish them for years to come.

10 Unique Gold-Filled Beads to Use in Your Holiday Gifts – Part 1

10 Unique Gold-Filled Beads to Use in Your Holiday Gifts – Part 1

Christmas is coming up fast – do you know what to get for everyone on your holiday shopping list? If not, we’ve got the perfect solution for you. Jewelry and other projects made with gold-filled beads are great for men, women, and children can be customized to match each person’s tastes and look so wonderfully upscale that you’d never guess how easy they are to make.

To help you start planning out all of your holiday projects, we’ll be taking a look at a few of the many gold-filled beads we stock at our online store. We’ll talk about what they look like, whether they come in different sizes or textures, and how to use each of them to their best advantage this holiday season.

1. Gold Filled Round Beads

Gold-filled round beads are simple round golden beads. They come in a few different sizes and are sometimes textured to add visual interest, but plain ones are also very common.

Gold-filled round beads are perhaps the most versatile type of bead available. You’ll want to buy them in bulk if you plan on doing any extensive work with gold-filled beads. You can use them in any of your projects from jewelry making. They’re so simple and understated that they won’t take over the piece, but instead lend it a subtle touch of luxury. They’re also great when paired with other luxury materials like Swarovski crystals.

2. Gold Filled Rice Beads

Gold-filled rice beads are long oval-shaped golden beads. Fittingly, most of them resemble large grains of rice. Some are very long and slender while others are shorter and bulkier, closer to a round bead in appearance. They are available in both plain and textured varieties.

Rice beads are often used instead of round beads when a beader wants to create a slimmer and more delicate piece. Like gold-filled round beads, gold-filled rice beads can be used in almost every project you can think of and offer a pleasantly upscale look.

3. Gold Filled Curved Tube Beads

Gold-filled curved tube beads are long, slightly curved beads that somewhat resemble pieces of dried macaroni. They are often twisted, corrugated, or otherwise textured to give them a little more visual interest.

Curved tube beads are used when a beader wants to simulate the appearance of an unbroken band of metal, usually for a necklace or bracelet. They can also be used as spacer beads to separate showier elements like charms or rose crystal beads. For obvious reasons, you should avoid using these beads unless you want a curved shape in your final design. Rice beads or interlocking beads can be used to create a similar effect without the curve.

4. Gold Filled Saucer Beads

Gold-filled saucer beads are shaped like large rounded discs, making them look a bit like a flying saucer with a hole on the top. They are significantly larger than your standard round bead and come in a variety of smooth and textured options.

These beads are great for accenting chunkier pieces, especially bracelets. Adding a single saucer bead between basic round or rice beads immediately draws the eye to the saucer bead and can give the piece some subtle visual interest, especially if the saucer bead is textured. Some beaders also use them alone to create a thicker version of a basic round bead piece.

5. Gold Filled Interlock Beads

Gold-filled interlock beads are beads that are made to fit together when placed side by side on a string or wire. When they are carefully placed in an unbroken line, a beader can use interlock beads to create a piece that looks and feels uniquely smooth and almost seamless.

These beads are great for creating thick yet pliable sections of gold material, so use them for projects where this is the goal. They make stunning necklaces and bracelets but should not be used with many non-interlocking beads that could spoil the effect.

Get All the Gold Filled Beads You Need at Crystal Findings

Our next post will cover even more types of gold-filled beads (yes, there are more!), but for now, you can shop for some to get started on our online store. As the leading provider of wholesale beads and jewelry supplies in the US, we make sure we always have a wide selection of luxury beads in stock for customers like you.

Browse our current stock, put a few golden beads into your cart, and be sure to check back next time for even more information on gold filled beads!

Why Gold-Filled Beads and Swarovski Crystals Work Together So Well in Jewelry

Why Gold-Filled Beads and Swarovski Crystals Work Together So Well in Jewelry

Gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals are two of the most popular materials used in jewelry making because they both have unique properties that make them stand out. When these two are brought together in jewelry design, they create a look of glamour and luxury that is sure to impress. At Crystal Findings, we not only sell these beads in a wide variety of styles but also carry unique ready-made jewelry pieces created with various combinations of gold-filled and Swarovski crystal beads.

What Are Gold-Filled Beads and How Are They Different from Regular Gold-Plated Beads

Gold-filled beads are made with a layer of real gold that is bonded to a brass core. This makes them much more durable than regular gold-plated beads, which can wear away over time. Gold-filled beads also have a richer and more luxurious look than gold-plated beads, making them a perfect choice for high-end jewelry designs.

Why Are Swarovski Crystals So Popular in Jewelry Making

Swarovski crystals are a popular choice for jewelry making because they have beautiful clarity and sparkle that is unmatched by other crystal brands. They are also known for their durability, which makes them a perfect choice for everyday jewelry designs. Swarovski crystals come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, making it easy to find the perfect crystals for your next jewelry project.

How Do Gold-Filled Beads and Swarovski Crystals Work Together to Create a Beautiful Finished Product?

When gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals are paired together, they create a beautiful and eye-catching combination. The luxurious look of the gold-filled beads combined with the sparkle and clarity of the Swarovski crystals creates a finished product that is sure to impress. Jewelry makers love to replicate the look of fine jewelry made with gold and diamonds on a budget by using these gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystal beads.

Examples of Jewelry Designs That Use Both Gold-Filled Beads and Swarovski Crystals

There are many different ways to use these two materials together in your jewelry designs. You can mix different shapes and sizes of gold-filled beads with Swarovski crystals in a necklace or bracelet design, or you can use them as accents on a piece of jewelry. No matter how you choose to use them, the results are sure to be stunning.

Here are a few examples of jewelry designs that use both gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals:

  1. A simple necklace design with alternating Swarovski and gold-filled beads with a single, striking Swarovski crystal pendant. For example, this beautiful 14K Gold Filled Necklace With Swarovski Leaf Pendant.14K Gold Filled Necklace With Swarovski Leaf Pendant
  2. A double bangle bracelet design with gold-filled beads all around and a few Swarovski crystal accents in your chosen color. For example, this 14K Gold filled Bangle Bracelet With Swarovski Crystal14K Gold filled Bangle Bracelet With Swarovski Crystal
  3. A pair of drop earrings featuring round Swarovski crystal beads and gold-filled bead accents. For example, this Swarovski Crystal Earring With Gold Filled Beads                                              Swarovski Crystal Earring With Gold Filled Beads

Where To Buy Gold-Filled Beads and Swarovski Crystals Online

When it comes to finding quality gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals, there’s no better place to shop than Crystal Findings. We carry a wide variety of both gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so you’re sure to find the perfect beads for your next jewelry project.

We also have a wide selection of ready-made jewelry pieces that use both gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals. Whether you’re looking for a necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, we have something that will suit your needs.

If you’re looking for quality gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals, be sure to check out Crystal Findings today.

3 Essential Tools For Beginners in Jewelry Making

3 Essential Tools For Beginners in Jewelry Making

Jewelry making is a fantastic hobby, one that can easily be called its own art form due to the maker’s ability to create whatever special designs call to them. What unique designs and jewelry styles call you? Whichever they are and for whomever your future pieces are for, you will need to the right jewelry making supplies and tools before you get started. The following is a quick look at the most essential tools for beginner jewelers that you will want to get before you start buying beading supplies online.

3 Essential Tools for Beginners in Jewelry Making

  • Wire Cutters. Wire cutters should be the very first thing you purchase as it will be close to impossible to cleanly cut and create most necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more without them. Wire cutters cleanly cut the stringing wire and pieces like eye pins that you’ll thread your gold filled beads and findings on. Some people think that they can get by with scissors or with old wire cutters that are being repurposed. Don’t. Scissors and old cutters will cause fraying on the wire, which will lead to imperfect ends that are hard and frustrating to work with.
  • Round nose pliers. Pliers are so important to jewelry making that the specific style of round nose pliers was designed specifically with jewelers in mind. Round nose pliers have a jaw that tapers to a point and enables the user to perfectly position the wire for a desired looping size. Round nose pliers also help with side tasks like holding clasps open when stringing on sterling silver beads.
  • Crimping tool. If you want to keep costs low when you’re first starting out, you can use a chain nose or flat nose plier for this task but it really isn’t recommended. That’s because flat nose pliers work more by smashing the wire down, a process that often creates sharp edges that are unsightly and can scratch the skin, causing discomfort or pain. Instead, consider investing in special crimping pliers or a specific crimping tool. Tools labeled as crimping tools feature special notches within their jaws that will round out and flatten the crimping bead as it secures onto the wire. This creates a clean finish that looks good (think professionally good) and doesn’t have uneven edging.

Got These Tools in Hand? Now it’s Time to Start Making Your Own Beautiful Pieces!

Truly, once you have the above three essential tools for jewelry making, you will be able to hit the ground running! These tools will really help streamline the jewelry-making process and help you finish with more beautiful, professionally-looking pieces. Of course, first, you will need to order your jewelry supplies, like beads and findings. Visit our online store at Crystal Findings today to do just that so you can get started with making your beautiful signature pieces in short order!

How to Pick the Right Necklace Lengths for Every Neckline

How to Pick the Right Necklace Lengths for Every Neckline

Necklaces are a timeless style of jewelry that transcends cultures and other such lines. You will find that examples of necklaces throughout just about every culture in every era of history on every habitable piece of land. And it’s not hard to understand why. Necklaces, whether made of carved bones or sterling silver beads or plated gold chains bring a certain elegance and distinction to the wearer. Thus, the question often isn’t whether to wear a necklace but rather what type and of what length to wear it.

Different length necklaces have had different eras of popularity. For example, chokers and collars were extremely popular during the 15th and 16th centuries as well as during the 1920s era and for a brief period in the late 1990s to early 2000s. But while popularity of different lengths will always ebb and flow, there are some key things a person might look for to determine specifically which length necklace they should wear or make with their beading supplies.

How to Pick the Right Necklace Lengths for Every Neckline: The 6 Popular Lengths

The best way to know how to pick or make the right necklace length with your gold filled beads and findings is to better understand the six popular necklace lengths.

  1. Collar. The collar length necklace is the shortest diameter necklace, only 13 to 15 inches around, and is always worn snugly around the neck, well above the collarbones. This necklace is best paired with clothing where the neck is readily exposed, like scoop necks, off-the-shoulders, and V-necks.
  2. Choker.  The choker lies against the base of the neck, often just barely touching the collarbones if at all. The diameter for this length necklace is between 14 and 16 inches. Chokers look fantastic with just about any outfit, but this is a necklace you will want to have a longer or slender-looking neck for. Chokers on short necks accentuate the neck’s shortness, creating a stubby appearnce.
  3. Princess. Princess lengths fit right on the collarbone with a length of 17 to 18 inches. This is considered an ideal, fail-proof necklace length that will go with anything and look well on anyone — making it a good choice for those just getting started with making their own pieces with jewelry making supplies.
  4. Matinee. The matinee sits between the collarbone and bust with a length between 20 and 24 inches. Matinee necklaces are ideal for pairing with plunging and sweetheart necklines.
  5. Opera. Opera necklaces are a hard one to pair. These are 28 to 36 inches necklaces that lie just below the bust. They are best worn layered and with evening wear and one to two color outfits.
  6. Rope. This is the longest of the necklaces with a length of 36 to 51 inches. It’s much more versatile than the opera necklace as it can be wrapped over and look excellent with both casual and formal wear.

Visit CrystalFindings to Start Making Your Necklaces

Whether you’re in love with chokers or opera necklaces, our large inventory of online beading tools and supplies offer an easy way to get started crafting the beautiful pieces you’re imagining. Visit us today to get started.